Marianne Williamson Quotes

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Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.

And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.

Marianne Williamson (born 1950) is an American author who has written 14 books (at last count).  

Listen in Silence

From Isaiah 41:1:  “Listen to Me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.”

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Daily life racing ahead

Bearing with its constant noise

Searching for journey’s beachhead

Father’s mercy transmits poise


Listen in silence, God speaks

Hearing His comforting voice

Quieting peace, each heart seeks

Father calms, let man rejoice


Heaven breathes, stillness exhales

Shining His light, never fear

Leaving dark, wilderness trails

Father leading, always near


Schedule time, only for God

Drawing near, learning His way

Transforming sinful facade

Father’s blessed Word, let’s pray


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American writer Madeleine L’Engle captures the essence of meaning found in this poem with these words:  “Deepest communion with God is beyond words, on the other side of silence.”

His Voice

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Many voices compete for our attention, but abundant life comes when we listen to our Good Shepherd.”

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Good Shepherd’s voice

Searching for sheep

Finding lost ones

Mercy won’t sleep



True Shepherd’s Word

His voice shares grace

Forever heard


Good Shepherd’s faith

Persistence heeds

Calling His sheep

Voice gently leads


Shepherd holding

Salvation’s keys

Closed gate opens

God’s voice agrees


As faithful sheep

Hearing His voice

Safely at home

Always rejoice


Coming to Christ

Believers walk

Trusting His voice

Hope’s solid rock

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From John 10:3-5:  “The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.  They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Jon Meacham Quotes

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In our finest hours, though, the soul of the country manifests itself in an indication to open our arms rather than to clench our fists.

Politicians often talk too much and listen too little, which can be self-defeating.

Jon Meacham (born 1969) is an American writer, historian, and American President biographer.  He is currently the Canon Historian of the Washington National Cathedral.  He has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Biography from his published work about American President Andrew Jackson.

Madeleine L’Engle Quotes

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The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all of the other ages you’ve been.

Because we fail to listen to each other’s stories, we are becoming a fragmented human race.

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was an American writer and poet who frequently wrote about her Christian faith as well as her interest in modern science.

Saint Francis de Sales Quote

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Half an hour of listening is essential except when one is very busy.  Then, a full hour is needed.

From Isaiah 41:1:  “Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.”

From 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Networking with God (Elfchen Series #80)

Plugged In


Voice abounds

Truly humbling ourselves

Taking time to listen


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Father’s House


Gospel’s constellation

Connecting with God

Scripture, prayer, and song


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Faith Fortified


Shared daily

One on one

Proclaiming Lord’s Good News


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Charles Stanley Quote

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When we have something to share, we naturally want undivided attention.  Guess what–God is the same way.  He speaks with a purpose and expects our complete focus and attention.

From 1 Samuel 3:8-10:  “The Lord called Samuel again, a third time.  And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’  Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.  Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’  And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.'”

M. Scott Peck Quote

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You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.

From James 1:19:  “You must understand this, my beloved:  let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”